Summary: H.R.4773 — 102nd Congress (1991-1992)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed House amended (06/29/1992)

Fertility Clinic Success Rate and Certification Act of 1992 - Requires each assisted reproductive technology program to report annually to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary), through the Centers for Disease Control, regarding: (1) pregnancy success rates; and (2) each embryo laboratory used by the program and whether it is certified (or has applied for certification) under this Act.

Directs the Secretary to define "pregnancy success rates."

Mandates the development of a model program for the certification of embryo laboratories to be carried out by the States. Requires the program to include standards regarding: (1) consistent performance; (2) quality assurance; (3) maintenance of records on laboratory tests, personnel, and facilities; and (4) the use of such personnel. Authorizes a State with a certification program to use accreditation organizations to certify and inspect laboratories. Requires State and authorizes Federal inspections.

Directs the Secretary, if an embryo laboratory does not comply with such standards, to: (1) notify the State; and (2) make the inspection results available to the public. Authorizes the Secretary to revoke the approval of the State certification program or the accreditation organization for failure to comply with such standards.

Directs the Secretary, through the Centers for Disease Control, to promulgate criteria and procedures for approval of accreditation organizations. Allows an approved organization to certify embryo laboratories in States which have not adopted a certification program.

Requires the revocation or suspension of an embryo laboratory's certification for: (1) certification misrepresentations; (2) standards noncompliance; or (3) refusal to permit inspection of records or facilities.

Mandates annual publication of: (1) pregnancy success rates; (2) the identity of each embryo laboratory in States with certification programs and whether such laboratory is certified; (3) the identity of each certified laboratory in a State without a certification program; and (4) laboratory applications for certification.